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Support smoking ban in public

Updated: 2014-03-06 08:27
( China Daily)

Many deputies to the National People's Congress and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have called for smoking-free annual sessions in response to popular demand, reflecting their resolve to ban smoking at public places and gatherings, says an article in People's Daily. Excerpts:

The Ministry of Health banned smoking in public places from May 1, 2011. But the ban has not been fully effective because many people are seen smoking not only in public places but also at important government gatherings.

The government issued another notice at the end of last year stating that officials at all levels should abide by the official ban on smoking in public places to set a good example for the public and to maintain the image of the Party and government. But some officials have been flouting the latest notice, too.

By smoking at public places and gatherings, the officials have not only been violating the official ban on smoking but also exposing other people to health hazards. Smoking is harmful not only for smokers but also for people nearby, or second-hand smokers.

Hopefully, the NPC deputies and CPPCC members attending the annual sessions will exercise self-control and refrain from smoking during the meetings to firmly support the "smoke-free two sessions" proposal. This way they can set a good example for the public to follow.

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